Prayer: The Ultimate Perspective
My parents are building a house and every-so-often I will go over to the building site to see the progress. This morning I went over there and sat on the top of the concrete walls that had been poured only a couple of weeks prior. I took some time there just to take in the entire site of the house. They had just poured the basement floor and that was beginning to make the basement look a lot bigger.
After about 20 minutes I went to the other side of the house and looked at the basement from there. My perspective changed, as it was a lower elevation compared to my previous viewing point. I couldn’t believe still how much bigger the basement looked at this point.
I began reflecting on this, and thinking that if I only had the initial perspective I would have a different opinion on what the basement of the house looks like. And how I had only been to two spots so far, so how many more perspectives were there to take in?
I started relating this to my life in general. How I make decisions based on my perspective at the time and how often times limiting that can be. If the basement can get bigger by walking only a short distance, how many other times am I just really off on my perspective and handling of situations because of it?
Now this is not meant to discourage you to make decisions or to keep moving on things in your life, rather I wanted to present something to consider. God sees all and knows everything from its foundations. There is not anything that is veiled to Him. Where we require a change of perspective He never does. Everything is actualized in Him, meaning there is no potential for Him to grow better, He is the height of Goodness.
I am reminded of Isaiah 55:9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
When we pray, if we actually take time and humble ourselves before Him and bear our hearts to Him, we can commune and learn from He who has the ultimate perspective and who put all of this together. He knows the potential in our lives and relationships, and He also knows the factors at play in other people’s lives. He is the only one that can make all of these things work for good in the midst of such a complicated convergence of complexity. (Say that three times fast :) )
In prayer we encounter and learn from God, but more importantly we are made to be God-like.
The nature of God revealed to us in Jesus is that He likes to give us the dignity of living out His life through ours. He comes to live in our hearts. When we give Him time in prayer and give Him more space in our hearts, we slowly start imitating Him. He gives us wisdom and grace to handle complicated matters. He reveals truths in prayer that apply directly to our lives and can help us navigate the road of life in a much more effective and meaningful way.
So at the end of the day, you can drive yourself crazy and stress yourself out by trying to gain all perspectives on everything and try to manage it all yourself, or you can spend time with the One who put it all together and has the ability to transform you from the inside to become more like Him. And then, although you will not totally understand everything, the grace that He deposits in your heart through that time of prayer will be enough for you when you’ve reached your limit.
In Matthew’s Gospel (11: 28-30) Jesus says:
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
His yoke is easy and His burden is light- because in the light of Him we start to know His perspective and His truth starts trumping our perceived truth.
Change your perspective today to the ultimate perspective. Make time for prayer.